MIS device company Cook Medical has announced a major development in the extension of its European operations with the opening of a new €15m distribution center in Baesweiler, Germany.
Located less than one hour from Cologne, Cook’s new centre will be the company’s delivery hub for all European countries providing easy access to Europe’s largest freight airport Cologne/Bonn, as well as to major road and rail networks.
Cook says its increased presence in Germany marks an important step in safeguarding continuity of patient care as it will streamline the company’s distribution activity across Europe.
The distribution centre has a total storage surface of 5850m2 and will stock up to 800,000 products previously stored at Cook Ireland, based in Limerick and William Cook Europe in Denmark.
The company says that at any one time there will be close to 5,000 different products in stock with 1,500 shipments daily, and up to 20 larger bulk shipments to various distribution partners.
In what is a full-on statfest, Cook says that in a full year it expects to distribute over half a million packages from the centre and will ship regularly to over 100 countries worldwide. The new European Distribution Centre joins a network of continental distribution hubs serving Cook Medical, with the others being Bloomington, Indiana for the Americas and Shanghai for Asia/Pacific.
There is also an environmental component to the investment, with the Baesweiler facility classed as 18.8% more energy efficient than requirements set out in the German Energy Saving Standards. The structure will be one of Cook’s most energy efficient with solar panels and state of the art insulation ensuring energy efficient heating throughout.
Furthermore, the Distribution Centre processes are paperless while air pillows replace serrated paper in padding for shipments.
The investment has created 60 jobs with employees responsible for receiving, storing, picking and packing, shipping, returning and labelling medical devices. An additional 20 jobs will be created when a second phase sterilization operation is added in 2014.
The grand opening today will, among other key officials, be attended by Bill Doherty, Mayor of Baesweiler Willi Linkens, and Stephan Jungen of the North Rhine Westphalia development agency. Officials from Cook’s US headquarters also participated in the event.
“Baesweiler is an ideal location for our European distribution center as we continue to increase our commitment to supporting patients worldwide,” said Bill Doherty, VP EMEA Cook Medical. “Due to its excellent infrastructure and proximity to the cities of Cologne, Dusseldorf and Aachen, it is one of the most efficient logistics locations in Europe – providing our business and patients with increased assurance. This is an important step in achieving our aim to enhance patient care, both with our medical solutions and our streamlined distribution network.”
Source: Cook Medical.